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The Machine [DVD]

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  • Actors: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Lee Nicholas Harris, Sam Hazeldine
  • Directors: Caradog W. James
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar. 2014
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GOVRV3S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,371 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With an impoverished world plunged into a Cold War with a new enemy, Britain's Ministry of Defence is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, The Machine - an android with unrivalled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2014
Format: DVD
In the near future China and the west get into a cold war, one where China kicks butt. The background material is almost insignificant. This story concerns the creation of machine implants in humans as well as the artificial intelligence question, similar to the ones asked in "I, Robot." Vincent ( Toby Stephens) works with new hirer Ava (Caity Lotz) to create...whatever it is the military wants. Vincent also has issues with his special needs daughter and seeks help for her.

The film is imaginatively done in a limited setting.The plot breaks with much of the formulaic trash that make up block busters, but not totally. Good red and black film for science fiction and conspiracy fans.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Robyn K on 16 April 2014
Format: DVD
The Welsh Blade Runner...

Dr. Vincent McCarthy is on the quest to find AI, under the umbrella of MOD. Wounded soldiers are fitted with implants and are rendered mute. Unbeknownst to McCarthy, they already developed their own kind of robot-communications, and a few homicidal tendencies.

When Ava starts asking too many questions, she is promptly told to mind her own business. Conveniently, Chinese terrorists (or are they?) do away with pesky Ava and her mechanoid is born.

McCarthy does have a touch of Doctor Frankenstein about him, as he creates humanity’s future ruin. He just wants to help his daughter, not take over the world. Denis Lawson is perfect as Thomson, the Corporate bastard. To him Robo-Ava is weapon and he manipulates the situation to suit himself.

The Machine is a visually stunning film full of conspiracies and it is hard to figure out who are the bad guys at times. The film is punctuated by sinister electro music- that adds a creepy claustrophobic atmosphere. A technique perfected over the years by the director John Carpenter.

If you are still unsold that AI can be devious, just remember that next time Siri gives you the wrong directions and you end up in the middle of a field. Just because you cant hear Siri laughing, doesn’t mean she/he/it isn’t.

The Machine is a quality British independent film that proves you can make a great Scifi film with out it turning into a CGI- crapfest.

This thought provoking film asks more questions than it answers, but at its core it is about what makes us human. This undiscovered gem is a must see for any hardcore Scifi fan.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. A. Rudd on 25 April 2014
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Sci-Fi movies are not made like this anymore. Now we expect explosions and multi-million dollar set pieces. This film doesn't need any of it.

Hardware from the 90's has similarities with the grittiness of the setting.

From the music, the lighting, to the story, everything about this movie is superb. This is a gem with a dark theme and great special effects.

And I see I'm not the only one who raises the Blade Runner tag and you can see why once the music sets in and the Machine is created by Toby Stephen's who plays the Dr. Frankenstein role really well.

Caity Lotz (from Arrow) puts in a real eye catching performance and had me believing it.

I'm not sure of the budget but this will be a cult movie for years to come.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
How much of a person's brain can be replaced with technology before they are no longer human? If a machine can learn and grow, is it only a machine?

With medical and computer technology reaching forward into sci-fi territory, these are actual questions that we may one day have to ask ourselves. And they are are some of the questions that pop up in "The Machine." While the main plot is one that has been done before, it's handled with a kind of brutal delicacy, some strong direction and powerful acting by Toby Stephens and Caity Lotz.

In the not-too-distant-future (next Sunday A.D.), Britain is embroiled in a cold war with China. Scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) is in charge of giving cybernetic implants to brain-damaged soldiers; while they seem to become mute soon after, they regain all their physical and mental faculties. He hopes that he can use this technology on his daughter, who suffers from a debilitating neurological disorder.

Then he meets Ava (Caity Lotz), a brilliant young scientist who has created an A.I. which is almost human. With her help, Vincent begins work on a sentient android by scanning her brain into a quantum computer... and after she's unexpectedly murdered, Vincent uses her likeness and brain scan for The Machine (also played by Caity Lotz), a gynoid who is almost indistinguishable from a human.

In fact, she's a little TOO human -- she feels emotions like fear, love and remorse, and has a sense of morality that Vincent encourages. She also is capable of communicating with the cyborgs. Since the sleazy government/corporate boss Thomson (Denis Lawson) wants a mindless killing machine, he's not too pleased by this. So he demands that Vincent lobotomize away Machine's humanity.
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By Neil Lennon on 11 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I was pleasantly surprised by "The Machine" which at first appearances seems to be a low budget "Blade Runner" rip off. With obvious influences from that movie, especially the Vangeles style soundtrack, it could almost be viewed as a prequal.

The story follows the development of AI in a near future setting where people still drive Lexus cars and wear normal looking clothes. However the advances in prosthetics and synthetic limbs is much more advanced, and computer technology has obviously increased by leaps and bounds. In a grim looking laboratory Toby Stephens plays a scientist struggling to develop AI for use by the military but with his own personal agenda.

This is all dealt with quite well, with references to the Turing Test to determine whether a machine is a true AI or simply mimicking human behaviour. What is slightly less intelligent is to then transplant the first AI into an unstoppable robot killing machine. Yeah, probably a bad idea that.

While the plot may be fairly predictable there are some good performances and some nice low key special effects. The Machine of the title is believable enough as portrayed by Caity Lotz, and her performance is key to making the story work.

This is no masterpiece on a par with "Blade Runner" but it is probably better as an unofficial prequal to that than "Prometheus" was to "Alien". While I've seen the same plot in many other films, and in episodes of Star Trek, it is handled well and for fans of the genre its definitely worth checking out.
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